After a major graduation scandal, the New Beginnings Schools Foundation is giving up its charters for Kennedy High and Capdau Charter, an elementary school. The KIPP network is interested in taking both over.
A review found that about 90 seniors from the class of 2019 were found ineligible to graduate. Some have been taking summer courses to graduate before the new school year begins, but only 24 of 53 have been cleared to move on by the state.
A Louisiana Department of Education employee said New Beginnings was not providing all the documentation needed to certify students. Even students who took summer classes are unsure if they have earned enough credits.
State finds that students were allowed to use remediation software — intended for makeup work after failing a course — to take classes for the first time, appearing to corroborate allegations in a recently filed lawsuit.